In Paris, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt met with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, on the sidelines of the “New Global Financing Charter” summit. According to the official spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmi, President el-Sisi emphasized the significance of ongoing communication with the European Council President, expressing appreciation for Egypt-European relations and asserting interest in their advancement and deepening partnership, considering the shared regional neighborhood and the importance of coordinated responses to regional and global challenges.
Michel, on the other hand, expressed his appreciation for the engagement with President el-Sisi and welcomed Egypt’s stance on various issues, particularly considering Egypt as an essential strategic partner for the European Union. He reaffirmed the EU’s desire to continue promoting collaboration with Egypt at various levels.
The official spokesperson explained that the meeting addressed the evolving facets of the relations between both sides, within the framework of the “Egyptian-European Partnership Priorities until 2027” document, representing a vital pathway for deepening the Egyptian-European partnership in the upcoming years across all sectors.
The meeting also touched on discussions regarding key issues of mutual interest, where the European Council President valued Egypt’s efforts acknowledged by the EU towards various issues representing challenges in the region and affecting the security and stability of Mediterranean countries. These included hosting millions of refugees in Egypt, combating illegal migration, countering terrorism and extremist ideology, and working towards establishing peace in the Middle East.
In addition, the meeting discussed the developments in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, as well as the ongoing crisis in Sudan. Both sides agreed on the importance of continued consultation and coordination to intensify efforts to help Sudan overcome this crisis, in a manner that considers the interests of the Sudanese people and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions they are facing.